Religion and Ecology Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group critically and constructively explores how human–Earth relations are shaped by religions, cultures, and understandings of nature and the environment. We are self-consciously inter- and multi-disciplinary and include methods such as those found in the work of theologians, philosophers, religionists, ethicists, scientists, and anthropologists, among others.

Call for Papers: 

Enthusiastically supporting AAR President Laurie Zoloth’s selected theme of climate change and religion, the Religion and Ecology Group invites panels (preferred) or papers related to:

• Climate change and: resilience, or humanistic approaches, or other-than-human animals

• Water and immigration

• Throw away economies

• Activist academics

• Apocalypse(s) and new worlds

Or for these possible cosponsored panels:

• The new animism: ritual and response to the nonhuman world (with Contemporary Pagan Studies Group and Ritual Studies Group)

• Climate change, death, and dying (with Religion and Animals Group and Death, Dying, and Beyond Group)

• Ecology and environment in Southeast Asia (with Religion in Southeast Asia Group)

• Land and landedness (with Scriptural and Contextual Ethics Group)

• Native traditional knowledge and environment (including climate change) (with Native Traditions in the Americas Group)

• Religious responses to and reflections on the ecological and environmental impact of international development and climate change (for a possible cosponsored session with the African Religions Group; International Development and Religions Group; and the Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group): As apocalyptic scenarios for climate change and its impacts on the Global South gain attention, religious authorities and ethicists are interpreting changing climate patterns in moral terms or taking ritual action to address them, giving scholars of religion opportunities to assess the religious and ethical aspects of the current situation. We seek contributions that focus on such issues on the African continent in autochthonous, Christian, Muslim, or other religious or ethical contexts.

Preference is typically given to coherent, fully formed papers sessions or roundtable proposals. Individual papers related to the themes specified above, or devoted to the specific bioregion that includes San Diego, are also welcome.

If you have any questions about any of this, the cochairs would love to hear from you: Heather Eaton (a href=“”> or Lucas Johnston (a href= “”>

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
We are significantly changing the steering committee this year with more active members who have worked in the field a considerable length of time, and come form diverse contexts and traditions. And who will attend the AAR and the sessions themselves. Sometimes that is a problem.
ChairSteering Committee